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College Recommended Courses

Four year colleges and universities generally recommend that high school students take the following college preparatory courses in high school:

4 years of English
3 years of math
3 years of science
2 years of the same foreign language
1 year of fine arts or performing arts

College bound students should consider the above course recommendations a minimum. High priority is give to students with extra years of math and science during these times of competitive admission. Careful planning starting in the freshman year will help the student fulfill these requirements. All is not lost for students who fail to plan and fall short of the college admission requirements. Consider on-line classes to fill-in gaps or start in a community college for one or two quarters and then transfer to a university.

Colleges and universities prefer students who challenge themselves above the minimum requirements. Consider Running-Start courses, AP courses, honors and advanced courses to show that you have the knowledge and drive to succeed in the more rigorous environment of a college education.

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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